Punters in the Football Transfer Tavern are crowding around the bar after the latest claim from the Daily Star.
The publication have noted that Atletico Madrid are preparing for the loss of Thibaut Courtois, who is of course looking like returning to parent club Chelsea in the summer.
The La Liga side have reportedly identified their replacement in the form of Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina, who is currently on loan at Napoli.
Our punters make the point over a pint that Reina clearly has no future at Liverpool, and that has been made clear by both Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and also the player himself.
The only issue for Atleti could well be the fact that Napoli are also keen to keep Reina who has done a brilliant job for them on loan this season.
Our landlord moves over to the pool table and makes the point that given Atleti are looking to replace Courtois, it seems clear that he will be returning to Chelsea in the summer – leaving huge questions over who will be the number one next season.
Courtois has made it very clear he needs playing time and will not take being second fiddle to Cech.
Do you think that Reina will replace Courtois for the current La Liga leaders? Let us know your thoughts below.
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